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Another solid report points to bigger screen on Apple’s iPhone 6

Updated Oct 8th, 2013 11:34AM EDT

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It looks like iPhone 6 rumors have already kicked into high gear. It hasn’t even been three weeks since Apple’s record-smashing iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debut, but the rumor mill has already moved on to bigger and better things. And by “bigger,” we quite literally mean “bigger.” A new report from well-respected Apple analyst Peter Misek on Monday suggested that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 will sport a larger 4.8-inch display. The addition of a bigger screen on Apple’s next iPhone would be a pretty huge deal for Apple, and it would also be a direct response to the larger screens that are now commonplace on Android-powered iPhone rivals. Now, just one day later, another solid report suggests Apple’s next flagship iPhone will indeed feature a bigger display.

According to DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh, Apple is toying with two different display sizes for its upcoming iPhone 6. Both feature more standard high-definition resolution than Apple’s current Retina displays, which would be a welcome change for many people. Hsieh’s report, which is based on his research in Apple’s supply chain, suggests that the company is testing both a 4.7-inch panel with 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution and a 5.7-inch display with full HD 1080p resolution.

DisplaySearch has reported accurate details of unannounced products in the past, and this new note jibes fairly nicely with an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal that suggested Apple is testing various display sizes up to 6 inches for its next-generation iPhone.

Those hoping for the end result to be on the larger side of the panels DisplaySearch says Apple is testing might not be in luck, however. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who accurately reported nearly every single detail surrounding Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c months ahead of their unveiling, says the display on Apple’s new iPhone 6 will measure between 4.5 and 5 inches diagonally.

Beyond the iPhone, DisplaySearch says several products Apple launches over the next year will feature increased resolution. Among them are the second-generation iPad mini with a 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display, a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 x 2,048-pixel display, a MacBook Air with a 12-inch 2,304 x 1,440-pixel panel, and a new line of flat-panel televisions that sport 55-inch and 65-inch “ultra HD” 4K displays.

Finally, Hsieh notes that Apple’s upcoming “iWatch” will feature a flexible AMOLED display with 320 x 320-pixel resolution.

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